I SPY: Art Freebies

Jan 13, 2015

Who doesn't like freebies?  I was walking through Barnes & Nobles over the weekend and my eye was caught by this magazine HI - FRUCTOSE.

Ever heard of it?  Well if not that makes two of us!  What struck me was the artist Margaret Keane's work of art on the front cover, and I grabbed it to read about the hype around her new movie BIG EYES that Amy Adams just won an award for at the Golden Globes.  I'm drawn to this artist because my Mom is a avid fan of Margaret Keane so I'm familiar with her works.

But when I began flipping through the magazine I got side tracked by a pull out booklet of Gary Taxali works.  A Canadian artist who's known for his comical twist.

14 full page prints of his works on heavy paper stock.  NICE.  His work is a mix of pop art, cartoon illustrations and typography with a vintage feel.  LOVE.  Do you remember I'm looking for artwork to put in my kids bathroom?  Well this just did the trick to complete my project of a mix match of prints found on Etsy, random postcards I've collected and Taxali's seven prints.  Ta Da!

Do you have blank walls that need to be filled?  Think…bathroom, kitchen, kids playroom, study, etc?  This idea might be for you!  You can grab your copy at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or a major book store near you.  USD 7.95.  Small price to pay for some artwork to hang!  Besides it's also a good read. They feature other unique artists I found interesting like sculptor Kris Kuksi, and their magazine is all color, printed on high quality paper.  It feels like your flipping through a coffee table book.

Hi - Fructose is a quarterly distribution, so I'm curious to know if every quarter they include a insert like Gary Taxali?  If so then I could very well be changing out the artwork in the kids bathroom every quarter.  Would be fun, give them a new artist to learn about and a nice CHEAP change!  I look forward to find out whats in store for me in next quarters issue.

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